The Georgetown Project on State and Local Government Policy and Law (SALPAL)

At SALPAL, we give our students access to law school course offerings on state and local government law and policy. We help students seeking clinical opportunities, externships, summer positions, and career opportunities in state courts, state legislatures and executive agencies, and associations.

We provide a Washington, DC-based forum for state and local government stakeholders and intergovernmental affairs experts.

Launched in 2019, we encourage you to reach out to us to learn more about our future plans.

New Article from Professor Meryl Chertoff, SALPAL Executive Director

Professor Chertoff has co-authored a new article on state pre-emption of local policy, published by Governing. Focusing on an unfolding case in California, where one locality is fighting the state's prohibition on new sugary drink taxes, the article examines local democracy, public health, and the conflict between state and local goals.

LabGov, Co-Cities, and the Urban Commons with Sheila Foster

In this episode of Cities@Tufts, Prof. Sheila Foster, SALPAL Faculty Advisor, discusses her work with LabGov, Co-Cities, and how urban commons can be created and sustained in different political, social, and economic environments. Cities@Tufts Lectures explores the impact of urban planning on our communities and the opportunities to design for greater equity and justice.